Japanese 20th Century Art...

The Japanese art deco movement was a breakaway from the conventional form of art practiced throughout the centuries in Japan. This was the same role that art deco played in most of the other places where it sprung up. The movement began to create ripples in the world of art after 1925, and was a […]

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Japanese Elm & Silver Lib...

This wood and silver Libation cup is from 1900-1930s and is carved Elm wood, with a realistic representation of the lotus. The sides of the cup are shaped as a large lotus leaf with stems and a bud carved in relief, which expands into openwork to form an attached stand for the cup. The upper part of […]

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Japanese Bizen-yaki Oil P...

Japanese ceramics have long been part of western museums and art collections from the postwar decades on, as Japanese pottery techniques and concepts exerted profound influence on ceramic art outside Japan. Bizen, one of the six major kiln production/sites has a history going back some one thousand years to the Heian period (794-1185), when the […]

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Hina Matsuri Hibachi Doug...

These accessories are called dougu in Japanese and include ceremonial items such as trays and offering stands as well as practical items such as furniture and tableware. High quality dougu are often very well made with fine craftsmanship and wood joinery and expert lacquerwork possibly decorated with  detailed  maki-e finish. Shown are two (2) rare and elegant miniature Japanese Hibachi from the […]

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Hina Doll Furniture Dougu...

These accessories are called dougu in Japanese and include ceremonial items such as trays and offering stands as well as practical items such as furniture and tableware. High quality dougu are often very well made with fine craftsmanship and wood joinery and expert lacquerwork possibly decorated with   detailed maki-e finish. During the Heian period, playing with dolls was called Hina-Asobi, and […]

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World War II Japanese Cer...

In the Japanese military, toasts with sake in special cups were part of military tradition: the ritual consumption of ceremonial sake before the final mission by a Japanese aviator was common. Sake cups (Guinomi) were commissioned by every section of the Japan’s military force, with an innumerable variation of colors and designs. Each cup is […]

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Stingray and Octopus Wove...

The Japanese have always enjoyed combining sculptural and functional forms with unusual and unexpected materials to produce visually and physically creative works of art. Much of the bronze process has remained unchanged throughout time—certainly, the essential interaction of the alloy and the manipulation of metals and the deep emotional connection of artist to the alchemy […]

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Japanese Ceramic Sake Cup...

Sake has long been an important part of Japanese culture.  In the past, sake was considered a very special drink, reserved for only the most important occasions, such as weddings, birth celebrations and other auspicious events.  Sake was considered a sacred drink, and accordingly, the first glass poured was always offered to the gods before […]

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Japanese Ink Stone with A...

The quality of stone appropriate for ink stones is found in only a few places. Although the ink stone was invented by the Chinese, in Japan, 90% of ink stones are made in Ogatsu, which is in the Miyagi prefecture in the northern part of Japan. The Japanese term for the best grades of slate […]

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Japanese Traditional Maru...

Traditional clothing of the Edo period, (1600-1868), included the kimono and obi as we know them today. The obi did not, however, become a prominent part of a woman’s ensemble until the mid Edo period. It was then that textile designers, weavers and dyers all focused their talent on creating a longer, wider and more […]

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Antique Japanese Satsuma ...

Pictured is an antique Satsuma brooch in a five-lobed ‘cinquefoil’ design on a gilded brass back. This is rendered in the Moriage style (raised enamel) of butterflies, flowers, and buddha motifs seen on Satsuma wares. The pattern on the piece is a reference to the Japanese legend of 1000 Cranes, with one large crane in […]

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Kokeshi | Creative Yuzawa...

This is a wonderful, large example of a Kokeshi with peony motif by Shibuya Shinruku, a prolific doll maker who is considered a ‘transitional’ Kokeshi artist. While he is from Akita Prefecture, where traditional Kijiyama Kokeshi originated, he is based in the Yuzawa area of Akita, and is a ‘creative’ (sosaku) artist due to his use […]

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